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Mercedes-Benz A-class


Written by Chris Prasad. on July 31, 2012 9:56 am ,

A is for That was how Johann Buss, the project manager for the new A-Class, proceedings at the global market of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class in Portoroz,

Aside from an initial to duck, it very quickly obvious to a room full of Press where the “aggression” was at and who the true opposition is.

You see, the for premium compact cars has heating up in the last couple of with demand (and figures) almost doubling the last two in Europe alone – a that has caught the attention of the three-pointed-star. The rising demand is from a young breed of with a penchant for a hatchback is sporty, classy and reeking premium flavour.

The thing is, the German carmakers are already in the and Buss freely admitted the premium compact segment is not one Mercedes has paid full to in the past.

Of course, this the first A-Class, but the last has been infamously accused of a little lost – it wasn’t if it was targeting young buyers, families, retirees (or all of the above). But said Buss, is all about to with the new model.

In order to have any sort of game plan going, and a shot at “attacking” a market has so far heavily favoured cars the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 Series, the ideology the A-Class would have to a paradigm shift. And it has.

The new takes a quantum leap in terms of look, feel and a clear-cut direction. With a that is undeniably contemporary, a that is decidedly more and plenty of hi-tech features to with inside, the new model no doubt that Mercedes is to lead the market with its offering.

It is what young today are looking for – looks and high quality up in an energetic compact package.

and interior

If you had a peek at the concept of the A-Class from the Shanghai Show last year, and you what you saw, then the news is the production version deviate much.

The side still features the prominent line that starts at the of the front door and dramatically upward at the rear door. The fascia features Benz’s now two-bar grille and LED daytime lamps, while there’s a look and a standard roof at the rear, with the hatch a slippery, class-leading drag of just 0.26.

Opting for the AMG Sport trim render the car larger 18-inch aggressively styled bumpers, red accent pieces, and a “diamond-look” for the grille mesh.

As opposed to the generation, which was accused of “not Mercedes enough”, the new is plenty of it. Muscular where it and lithe where it needs to be.

It is that great care has taken to fashion the interior to and feel like the real The layout and styling is reminiscent of the larger and more expensive Though a compressed adaptation, is still little to complain with regard to legroom.

is also a stark difference in position compared with A-Class models, as it feels lower and less upright – a feel, but luxuriously comfortable and at the same time.

Worth is the luxurious finish on the dashboard and console, which highlights a “chequered” finish, five Mercedes-styled round air-cond and free-standing display screen.

Behind the sporty three-spoke wheel, which comes 12 function buttons and an electroplated is the simple but eye-fetching instrument comprising two large round with small dial within each.

The high dashboard lends a “cockpit” to those sitting up front, and the sports styling in the rear it seem like a two-seater, it fits three quite

Overall, there is no denying the new A-Class emits a classier than other cars in the segment and it comes off feeling far expensive than the 1 Series and the A3. At 341 however, its boot is smaller the BMW and Audi premium compacts.

plenty of long flat and scenic curves to play it is little wonder why Mercedes Slovenia to be the venue for its exciting new compact. The route between the capital, Ljubljana, and the seaside of Portoroz provided many and twisty hillside roads to test the A-Class’ performance on a of terrains.

The A-Class is offered in six key and judging by the range of engines it is up, it is evidently aiming for wide with this new breed. See the of model range and options .

There are three petrol and versions to opt from, each different engine capacities, but the word from Mercedes-Benz is that only two variants make it to our shores – the petrol A200 and the A250 (Sport), with seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes.

Naturally, we focused on these and got our on the range-topping 211hp A250, proved to be incredibly athletic and off the mark from the get-go.

engineers also made the A-Class would be a more drive by lowering the centre of and revising the four-wheel independent The chassis also features a of front MacPherson struts and a rear which endows it more agility than any Mercedes that has come

The outcome is dynamics that are improved compared with the of yore. Those who’ve previous generations will the new found fluency and eagerness comes with the latest with light but accurate steering.

With just to haul, the 1,991cc engine is really challenged and the result is acceleration with plenty of even on demanding slopes. It felt quick on the straights, a 0-100km/h figure of 6.6-seconds, according to the people at Mercedes, the Golf GTI.

There is a good spread of torque that makes the on the speedometer climb in a lively but manner, and shifting through the is a seamless and smooth affair hardly detectable.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Taking on was surprisingly satisfying, the A-Class them with more than you’d expect an entry-level car. The improved proved its worth on tight being nimble but also and firm, with very body roll to complain

Three shift programmes are at the centre console, with the shift adding more to your drive, the “economy” the aggression and the “manual” putting you in control of the up and down shifts via a shifter behind the steering

While the A-Class offers a enhanced driving experience its predecessor, on first experience might argue that it not boast the same dynamic as the I Series, or ride with the authority as the A3.

But that, by no means, that it isn’t highly in the same arena. It is a well car that offers the type of between drive dynamics and comfort that only can provide – a fact that endow it with broader among a wider spectrum of buyers.


With athletic modern connectivity features, balance between comfort and as well as sensible cabin the new A-Class has a wide appeal could reach beyond its market to also attract families and second car hunters.

Its character and delivery of comfort, and prestige without compromising in the and handling department will young male and female equally effectively. And addressing the market in a way that some of its can’t is a big deal, especially in where women represent than 50 per cent of all drivers.

it top the segment? Only time tell, but it certainly has all the right to be a very strong contender.

of the A250 (Sport)

Engine: 4-cylinder turbocharged

Max power: (155kW) @ 5,500rpm

Max torque: @ 1,200 – 4,000rpm

Transmission: dual-clutch

Acceleration (0-100km/h): 6.6

Fuel consumption (combined):

CO2 emissions (combined): 148g/km

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